alt Welcome! Our mission is to provide progressive leadership
to ensure that Oregon students and educators are effective users of ideas and information, and to
pursue excellence in school library media programs.
Be sure to check out the Winter 2017 Interchange:
Harnessing the Power of Teamwork

Great articles, good ideas, and inspiring words from our 2016 Award Winners: 

Paraprofessional of the Year: Wanda Daly
Elementary Teacher-Librarian of the Year: Molly Sloan
Secondary Teacher-Librarian of the Year: Paige Battle
District Librarian of the Year: Miranda Doyle
School Administrator of the Year: Merrill Hendin  

 Celebrating OASL Members

Delia Wallis, teacher-librarian at Hermiston High School and Jacquelyn Ray, librarian at Blue Mountain Community College, are the first recipients of the ACRL Oregon School/ Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship, created to foster collaboration between academic librarians and school librarians. Their project will identify key gaps in the writing skills of students leaving high school and entering college.  See more about their project here.

Photos of Delia Wallis and Jaquelyn Ray


Congratulations to OASL President, Peggy Christensen, for receiving the 2016 Opening Doors, Enriching Lives award from the Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation.


Peggy was a teacher in Coos Bay for twenty years before becoming a librarian in 2000. Jennifer Groth, Foundation President, said Peggy "truly lives and breathes our motto by focusing her energies on those students who might otherwise be overlooked, who need to feel a sense of belonging to stay in school." We agree!

Karen Babcock, OASL member and librarian at Ridgeview Elementary School, is the 2016 Certified Employee of the Year for Springfield Public Schools.

Karen Babcock

When asked what's special about her school, she said, "My staff and my principal have prioritized having a full-time certified library media teacher. Together we are crafting an amazing 21st century elementary school powered by not just great instructional technology, but great teaching.” Congratulations, Karen!

Congratulations to Amy Wilde, winner of OYAN’s You’re Excellent Award (OYEA!) from the Oregon Young Adult Network, a division of OLA. Amy is the teacher-librarian at Cascade Middle School in Bend and was recognized at the Spring 2016 OLA conference.


See the article on the Bend LaPine Facebook page here.  And the Spring 2016 OYAN Review article here on page 3.

Congratulations OASL member Jean Gritter, teacher-librarian at West Albany High School. Jean, a fellow teacher and a district-level staffer from Greater Albany Public Schools are the recipients of the 2016 Intellectual Freedom Champion Award from the Oregon Library Association. Congratulations to the trio!


Promote School Libraries in Oregon!
Check out our "Save Our School Libraries" Advocacy and visit our Parent Advocacy page.
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Visit OASL's new Zazzle store.


Zazzle has frequent sales, check them out before you buy!

Join OASL Spring Conferences
this year as part of OLA's April Conference

Register for the entire conference, or select just Saturday registration ($30). Check out the great programs.

SAVE THIS DATE FOR 2017 OASL CONFERENCE:  October 13-14, 2017, Jesuit High School, Portland
(Questions?  Email Gregory Lum at or
Paige Battle at

OASL Letters of Appreciation!  

Would you like to recognize a program, event, organization or community partner that supports strong school libraries?  We are setting up a process by which OASL can send a Letter of Appreciation on your behalf.

Find information via the Awards link   ---->

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OASL is proud to be a local
co-sponsor of this 
national reading and writing contest! 


A strong school library program includes instruction to support student achievement. To that end, OASL developed the Oregon School Library Standards, and they were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2015. The standards address the following areas: Information Literacy, Reading Engagement, Social Responsibility, and Technology Integration.

These standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2015.  

Promote School Libraries in Oregon!
Check out our "Save Our School Libraries" Advocacy and visit our Parent Advocacy page.

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